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Drink Your Veggies: Juicing Recipes to Kick Start Your Day

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:52 AM
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Instead of resorting to drastic measures to get picky kids to eat their breakfast (you name it, we’ve tried it), disguise the most important meal of the day into something your kids love—juice. Fresh fruits and veggies like kale, carrots, apples, pears, and beets can easily become healthy and energy-rich drinks that will give them a dose of much-needed vitamins and minerals, and a boost to a sleepy morning. Scroll through the gallery to discover 12 of our favorite recipes.

Things to know before you start juicing

– Combinations of ingredients are super important, especially when maximizing the juice’s nutritional value without compromising flavor. While you may be a fan of mixing a whole mess of fruits and veggies together, your kiddos might want something a little less adventurous.

– Certain foods like ginger can overpower or mask other flavors, so use them sparingly.

– You can increase the fiber content by blending the pulp and combining it with your juice for an extra healthy boost.

Have you introduced juicing into your kid’s diet?

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:52 AM
Melon Berry Splash Juice
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Melon Berry Splash Juice

Skip the sugar-laden store-bought juices in favor of a refreshing homemade mix like this one from Courtney’s Sweets. You don’t need a juicer for this recipe, and using a blender ensures that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals (rather than losing them in the pulp).

Ingredients:
4 cups watermelon
Juice of 1 lemon
10 frozen strawberries, partially thawed

Method:
In a blender combine the above ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! Serves 3.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM
Berry Red Beet Juice
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Berry Red Beet Juice

Skip the coffee this morning—get your energy boost from a delicious mix of beets, strawberries, and oranges that little ones will love, too. This ruby red recipe comes from Sophia at Love and Lentils (check out her Facebook page here).

Ingredients:
2 organic beets
8 organic strawberries
1 organic orange

Method:
1. Wash the beets, strawberries and orange.
2. Cut the greens off the strawberries, and slice the beets and orange into quarters.
3. Place all ingredients through your juicer.
4. Serve and drink right away.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM
Apple, Carrot, Orange, and Ginger Juice
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Apple, Carrot, Orange, and Ginger Juice

If your tots aren’t yet convinced on green juice, this recipe from The Peach Kitchen is a good way to ease them into the world of veggie juices. Sweet carrots paired with yummy fruits make for a kid-approved afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients:
2 large carrots
1 orange, peeled
1 apple
a knob of ginger or turmeric

Method:
Let everything pass through your juicer and drink.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM
Strawberry-Apple Juice
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Strawberry-Apple Juice

This pretty in pink juice from FoodNetwork.com is the perfect way to wake your littles up on a weekend morning. The chia seeds help thicken the mixture and provide a boost of fiber.

Ingredients:
2 cups strawberries, tops removed
1 medium Red Delicious apple, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional

Method:
Juice the strawberries, then the apple, following your juicer’s specific settings for each. Stir in the chia seeds if using and let soak for 5 minutes. Serve the juice immediately over ice, if desired.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:54 AM
Green Power Juice
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Green Power Juice

Our friend Dr. Michael Murray of SPUD (they deliver fresh organic fruits and veggies directly to your doorstep) is their resident natural medicine expert and juicing fanatic. He calls this juice recipe “a great tasting green drink that most kids love.” It’s chock full of fruits to give it a sweet taste, but delivers lots of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and fiber.

Ingredients:
1 handful of Swiss chard, kale, spinach or a combination
1 pear
1 cup strawberries
1/2 lemon, unpeeled
1 apple, cut into chunks

Method:
Juice the greens first, followed by the pear, strawberries, lemon, and apple.

Photo courtesy of sass_face via Flickr.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:54 AM
ABC Juice
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ABC Juice

This juice recipe is a classic and a definite must-have in your juicing arsenal. It only has three ingredients, and, you guessed it, each item stands for one of the first three letters of the alphabet. Make a game out this recipe by letting your kiddo switch up the ingredients to spell different words.

Ingredients:
2 apples
1 beet
2 carrots

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of freshtopia.net via Flickr.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:54 AM
Morning Nourish Juice
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Morning Nourish Juice

This super juice is just what busy parents and their tots need to get their day started. Since pears are less allergenic than other fruits, they are great for infants and the littler set, while still delivering a healthy dose of vitamin C and fiber.

Ingredients:
1 pear
1 handful kale
1 apple
2 stalks celery

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of J@YGS via Flickr.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM
Orange Jubilee Juice
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Orange Jubilee Juice

No doubt your kid is an expert on identifying colors, so they’ll love the bright orange hue of this hearty beverage. And they’ll hardly notice the carrots through the natural sugars from the orange and apple (try Fujis or a similar sweet variety).

Ingredients:
1 orange
3 carrots
1 apple

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of kc7fys via Flickr.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM
Shrek Juice
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Shrek Juice

Speaking of colorful juices, this one reminds us of the slime they used to dump on celebrities on Nickelodeon. Tell your kiddo that it’s the same slime recipe that gave the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles their powers and he or she might be even more inclined to gulp it down.

Ingredients:
– 2 stalks celery
– 1 handful kale
– 2 apples

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of Tim Gage via Flickr.

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by Member on Aug. 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM
Autumn Sunrise Juice
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Autumn Sunrise Juice

Like a Tequila Sunrise minus the alcohol, this fruit/veggie concoction is a good balance between sweet and tart. Plus, adding in a few veggies gives this otherwise fruity drink an extra healthy kick.

Ingredients:
1 apple
1 orange
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1/2 lemon

Photo courtesy of Breville USA via Flickr.

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